Afghan parliament fails to pass divisive women's law
KABUL - Afghanistan's parliament failed to pass a law on Saturday banning violence against women, a severe blow to progress made in women's rights in the conservative Muslim country since the Islamist Taliban was toppled over a decade ago.
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Pakistani Woman Makes Historic Run for Parliament
A 40-year-old Pakistani housewife has made history by becoming the first woman to run for parliament from the country's deeply conservative tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
Afghanistan to Start Crude Oil Exports
China's largest oil company is expected to start production of crude oil in Afghanistan shortly, which could transform the South Asian nation's economy, its mining minister said.
Kaifu Lee Tracks How Many Of His Weibo Posts Have Been Deleted
Former Google China head, Kaifu Lee, has been tracking how many times his Weibo posts on Tencent and Sina have been censored and deleted, and has helpfully made a graph of the past 8 months. The outspoken investor has had his tweets deleted most often in the recent weeks because he was discussing the story on the 13,000 dead pigs found in a Shanghai river, as well as a session in the Chinese parliament to appoint its new leadership. The government often gets the country’s two large microblogging services run by Tencent and Sina to wipe out posts that trigger its censorship keywords. His tweet accompanying the graph: My weibo deletions (click link).Lowest week was my “3-day silence”, and the highest weeks were the recent 2 weeks twitter.com/kaifulee/statu… — Kai-Fu Lee (@kaifulee) March 18, 2013 Kaifu Lee was kicked off Sina and Tencent’s Weibo sites for three days last month for criticizing state-run search engine, Jike. He has about a million Twitter followers—tiny compared ...
Afghans Demand Withdrawal of US Special Forces
Several hundred demonstrators march to the Afghan parliament building to protest against the continued presence of U.S. commandos in Afghanistan's troubled Wardak province. Saturday, March 16, 2013. (Photo: Anja Niedringhaus/AP) Hundreds of residents of Afghanistan's eastern province of Wardak are marching on Kabul Saturday demanding US special operations forces pull out of their territory.